Natalie Maines From The Chicks Reveals Bill O’Reilly Wanted Them on His Show After Saying They ‘Deserved to Be Slapped Around’

Natalie Maines from The Chicks shared that conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly suggested the group appear on his show after calling them, “callow, foolish women who deserve to be slapped around.”

Emily Robison and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks perform in concert
Emily Robison and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks perform in concert | Rick Kern/WireImage

Maines, along with sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Not only did Maines share that O’Reilly suggested they appear on his show, she blasted him for making the proposition to boost his ratings.

Host Andy Cohen shared a question from a viewer about the incident. “What was going through your minds when Bill O’Reilly told you how much he loved ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ after he previously said you were ‘callow, foolish women who deserved to be slapped around.’ He was gushing to you at a Time 100 gala.”

Bill O’Reilly did an about face on the group

Maines shared with The New York Times that O’Reilly made a point to tell the group how much he liked their song after a Time 100 in 2006. “It’s like, ‘Just want to say that was great!’ ” she recounted. “‘I really like that new song.'”

“And I go, ‘But two million tops, right?’ He goes, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘I saw your show when you said we wouldn’t sell more than two million, tops.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, ah, well, two million’s pretty good these days, right?’ And I was just like, ‘Right, yeah. You were saying it in a positive way.'”

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“So then he was just backtracking,” Maines added. “He says: ‘We really respect what you did. And we really respect that you stand up for yourself and blah blah blah. We just wish you would say it over here.’ And I said, ‘I’ll say it over here.'”

O’Reilly discussed the exchange on his now-canceled show The O’Reilly Factor. He admitted the single was a “pretty good song” and “there’s no reason not to play it.”

Maines said she wasn’t going to appear on his show to help his ratings

Maines couldn’t remember what she said specifically at the gala but recalls that she dismissed O’Reilly. “I just walked away,” she said during the WWHL After Show. “You know, after he had called us Dixie sluts or whatever he had called us, he also wanted me to go on his show. And I was like, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ I’m not looking to make you ratings.'”

“I think everybody just thinks that everything’s just showbiz,” she continued. “And everybody’s gonna be playing the same game. No.”

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Despite the encounter occurring years ago, O’Reilly clearly can’t quit The Chicks. He recently snarked about the name change in his blog. “To them, Dixie is racist. Chicks, I guess is okay, but could be misogynistic … if you think about it. Chicks, come on, man! But back to Dixie. That word may have to go. So Dixie cups? Sayonara, baby. Wait, maybe I can’t say baby. Can I say baby? Let’s check with CNN,” he blogged in June.